Your bridesmaids are all dressed in their matching robes, the bridal suite is well stocked with mimosas, and the curling irons are heating up. It's almost time to say "I do!" The morning that you're getting ready for your wedding will be full of fun, champagne, and anxious excitement—and you'll want to capture it all in getting ready photos that'll last forever. Because such a task can be overwhelming, it's helpful to give your photographer a list of wedding photos you must-have in your album.
But where to start? Right here, of course! Pass along this list of must-take getting ready photos to your photographer, so you can be 100 percent confident that they'll capture every sweet, morning-of moment between you and your bridesmaids, and ensure that the hours before your wedding go off without a single hitch.
Ready and Waiting
Snap a shot to showcase your wedding dress, ready and waiting to be slipped on.
Best. Day. Ever. You'll want to always remember how excited you were on the morning of your wedding, so be sure to get a photo that captures it.
Ahead of your big day, purchase customized coffee mugs for yourself and your bridesmaids for a fun shot. You can also send your maid of honor on a Starbucks run and have her request that the barista writes "Bride" or "Bridesmaid" on each of the coffee cups.
Your Getting Ready Outfit
A wedding dress isn't the only ensemble you'll need for the big day. Be sure to get a cute and comfy outfit to get ready in.
Your Bridesmaids' Threads
The same goes for your bridesmaids! Don't forget to get a photo of everyone in their coordinating getting ready robes or outfits.
Showcase Your Accessories
Have your photographer arrange your day-of accessories for an aesthetically pleasing photo.
Capture Your Bouquet
Similarly, you'll definitely want to get a detail shot of your bundle of blooms.
The Bridesmaids Gifts
Surprise your besties with a little special something on the morning of your wedding—and be sure to get a picture of them opening it!
The Love Letter Exchange
If you and your about-to-be spouse decide to exchange love letters or wedding gifts on the morning of the wedding, commemorate the sweet swap with a heartfelt photo.
Have your bridal party gather 'round for an Insta-worthy pic of you and your girls.
Jump for Joy
One super fun, must-have shot? A photo where you're jumping for joy on the bridal suite bed with your bridesmaids!
Pop the bubbly with your besties for a celebratory snapshot.
Celebrate With Confetti
A wedding is a party, after all! Have your bridesmaids toss festive confetti for a perfectly timed picture. Just be sure to clean up after yourselves, especially if you're in a hotel suite or rented space.
Along with your posed pictures, instruct your photograph to snap plenty of candids while you're getting ready with your bridesmaids.
If you're in your own home or a pet-friendly space, bring along your furry friend for an adorable photo-op.
Don't Forget Your Flower Girls
A portrait with your flower girl will definitely pull at some heartstrings. And just imagine looking back on it, years from now, on her wedding day!
Get a photo of your makeup artist and hairstylist working their magic.
Better From the Back
Capture every detail of your wedding hairstyle by having your photographer take a photo from the back.
Snap Sentimental Details
This bridal dress designer added a special finishing touch to her own gown: the lyrics to Neil Young’s "Harvest Moon" embroidered inside. Be sure to get photos of any similarly sentimental details you may have.
Just You and Your Dress
"Just the two of us...You and I," referring to you and your wedding dress, of course!
Getting Into Your Gown
It's time! It's time! Get a photo getting into your gorgeous gown.
The Finishing Touches
After zipping up your wedding dress, put the finishing touches on your big day look by putting on your jewelry—all while snapping photos, of course.
Slip Into Your Shoes
Sure, it's likely that no one will seem them underneath your wedding dress, but we're sure your shoes are stunning! Don't leave them out—they're worthy of a picture, too.
Don't Forget the Veil
You won't want to miss getting this gorgeous shot.
Your Bridesmaids' First Look
Have your photographer stand behind you to capture the moment your bridesmaids see your complete look. Their expressions will be priceless!
With a Little Help From Your Friends
Whether your maid of honor is fluffing your train or a bridesmaid is ensuring that not a hair is out of place, have your photographer snap a pic of your friends doing what they do best—looking out for you.
Through the Looking Glass
Mirror shots aren't just for selfies. Take a professional one on your wedding day for a memorable shot.
A Moment With Mom
From getting ready for school to getting ready for your wedding... Don't forget to take a special snapshot with mom or dad.
Sending Good Vibes
Before leaving your bridal suite, dedicate a moment or two to taking a few deep breaths with your bridesmaids.
Grooms Gotta Get Ready, Too
You won't want your photographer to miss a moment of all the fun you're having with your girls—but make sure they get a few photos of your groom getting ready with his guys, too.
A Unique Way to Get Ready
Some almost-newlyweds opt to get ready for their wedding together, instead of in separate suites. The result? Even more frameable photos of you and your partner!
Once you're all dressed, take some formal solo shots. You're gorgeous!